Meet our Albemarle Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Albemarle consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Albemarle know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores. We selectively choose tutors who know local curriculum and can link Sylvan lessons to what’s being taught in school. Get to know our tutors and staff in Albemarle!

  • Marianne Bright, Center Director/Owner

    Marianne Bright

    Center Director/Owner

    Marianne opened the Stanly/Montgomery Sylvan territory in 2007 after serving 15 years as president of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce. As owner-operator of the Albemarle center and Locust satellite center, she leads our daily management, inquiry, marketing, and expansion efforts. As a former Sylvan mom, she is inspired daily by the success stories she experiences as a member of the extended Sylvan family! Marianne is extremely proud to serve the area's children and families and honored to be involved in many community activities. Currently, she is on the board of directors of GHA Autism Supports and is an active member of Stanly Women's Associated Network (SWAN).
  • Rick Beam, Assistant Center Director

    Rick Beam

    Assistant Center Director

    Rick has served the local Sylvan centers since 2009. He is a lifelong educator, having been a high school English teacher for more than 30 years. He also is an avid travel leader. During his teaching career, and in the years since his retirement from public education, he has organized and chaperoned more than 25 excursions to Great Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Iceland. He is very involved in his community, having served as president of the Wadesboro Civitan Club. At Sylvan, you'll see him greeting students and parents, managing and coaching the teaching staff and preparing the center for daily instruction.
  • Lin Weiker, Lead Teacher

    Lin Weiker

    Lead Teacher

    Lin, a veteran public school teacher, has been with the Albemarle center since 2010. She currently is part of the 6th-grade teaching team at South Stanly Middle School and previously was a member of the faculty at Albemarle Middle School. A Raleigh native, she is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Charlotte and started her career nearly 25 years ago as an early childhood educator. At Sylvan, you'll find Lin is a "Jack of all trades"! In addition to her role as the center's most energetic tutor, she leads our parent conferencing, assists with teacher training and often works as a site manager.
  • Kathy Thorpe, Instructor/Assessment Administrator

    Kathy Thorpe

    Instructor/Assessment Administrator

    A native of Albemarle, Kathy spent the majority of her teaching career with Stanly County Schools, retiring in 2012 from Endy Elementary School. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a master's degree from Wingate University. She earned her National Board Certification in early childhood education. Kathy began tutoring at Sylvan in 2008 and her role here has grown to include test proctoring, data management and administrative support.